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December 19, 2017 ICO Member Dominican Society of Ophthalmology: Raising Standards Through ICO Exams

Since making parts of the ICO Exams a requisite for society members, the Dominican Society of Ophthalmology has been able to better prepare ophthalmologists for the rigors of practicing medicine.

"The ICO examination has really transformed the way ophthalmology is taught in the Dominican Republic," Dr. Luis Batlle, Past President of VISION2020/IAPB-LA said in an interview with the ICO at PAAO 2017 in Lima (see video above). Dr. Batlle was joined by Dr. Frinè Salazar, Academic Coordinator of the Elias Santana Hospital in Santo Domingo, and Dr. Jose Asilis, President of the Dominican Society. Dr. Asilis explained that success in both the Basic Science and Optics and Refraction sections of the ICO Standard Exam (the Standard Exam also has a Clinical Science section) is required to join the Dominican Society; Dr. Salazar noted that the Exams have raised the academic level of both students and teachers.

In 2012, the first year ICO Exams were required, the Dominican Republic had just eight ophthalmologists pass the Basic Science and Optics and Refraction sections. For 2017, the number increased nearly tenfold to 78 ophthalmologists. The Dominican Republic currently has the third highest pass rates of the ICO Standard Exam in Latin America, behind Brazil and Mexico—countries with significantly larger populations. "The Dominican Republic can serve as a role model, not only in Latin American countries, but to countries around the world as an academic body of knowledge that can make us better ophthalmologists,” Dr. Batlle asserted. The ICO Exams are the only worldwide medical-specialty examinations.

“The ICO Exams’ goal is to raise standards,” explained Nicola Quilter, ICO Examinations Executive. “The Exams allow candidates the opportunity to gain international qualification and for institutes and hospitals to evaluate their training methods to an international standard.”

Currently, national societies in Yemen, Jordan, Chile, and India are also using ICO Exams in a similar way. 

Learn more about ICO Exams and how to get your society involved.


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December 15, 2017 Meet Dr. María Mánquez Hatta

Thanks to the generosity of International Council of Ophthalmology donors, the ICO has been able to provide more than 1,000 fellowships to ophthalmologists from 84 low-resource countries. These fellowship opportunities are an important part of the ICO's efforts to enhance ophthalmic education, advance eye health, and increase access to high-quality eye care.

We are pleased to share the following short video featuring Dr. María Mánquez Hatta, a past ICO Fellow from Chile who speaks about how her fellowship has helped to further her work in ocular oncology.

ICO Fellowship Fund

As you consider where to make your year-end charitable gifts, we invite you to support the ICO Fellowship Fund.

The ICO's Three-Month Fellowships provide valuable opportunities for promising young ophthalmologists from low-resource countries to improve their practical skills and broaden their perspectives of ophthalmology. ICO Fellowship awardees bring this acquired knowledge back to their home countries as they work to preserve vision, prevent blindness, and expand access to eye care.

Thank you for partnering with the ICO to provide these opportunities. 


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December 11, 2017 ICO 360° Assessment Tool

The article, “The International Council of Ophthalmology 360-Degree Assessment Tool: Development and Validation,” has been published in the Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology.

The ICO 360° Assessment Tool is a multi-source feedback tool to assess and provide feedback to residents regarding their competence in “soft skills” such as interpersonal and communication skills and professionalism, as seen by different groups of people with whom the resident interacts (faculty, peer, allied ophthalmic personnel, and patients). This assessment was developed specifically for ophthalmology residents by the ICO Education team, and has been validated by a panel of international experts.


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December 11, 2017 Educator Sessions at APAO 2018 Congress

If you are attending the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) Congress in February, the ICO will be co-sponsoring several sessions for educators and those interested in ophthalmic education.

Six APAO-ICO Sessions for Educators will be held during APAO 8–11 February 2018. 

  • ICO Continuing Professional Development Course: Creating Learning Experiences with Impact 
  • Teaching Does Not Equal Learning: How Do We Know if They Have Learned? 
  • E-learning Principles and Resources 
  • Teaching Professionalism in the Busy Clinical Practice: A Global Perspective 
  • Are your Graduates and Training Programs Good? Models of Accreditation and Certification 
  • ICO Fellowships and Exams Symposium

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December 11, 2017 Galería de Videos de la Sociedad Mexicana de Oftalmología 2011–2017

Browse the video gallery of the Mexican Society of Ophthalmology’s academic sessions, subspecialty videos, and the society’s video festivals.

Recorra la galería de videos de las sesiones académicas, vídeos de subespecialidades y festivales de vídeos de la Sociedad Mexicana de Oftalmología.


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December 11, 2017 CyberSight: Live, Interactive Webinars
CyberSight offers free, live online training events for eye health professionals including comprehensive ophthalmology topic discussion, live audio and video, interactive presentations, surgical demonstrations, and expert Q&A.
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December 11, 2017 Ocular Ultrasound: A Quick Reference Guide for the On-Call Physician
This guide is a simple, introductory, "on-call survival guide" for ophthalmology residents using ocular ultrasound. It is a concise and practical quick stop for information.
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December 11, 2017 Ophthalmology Teacher’s Library: Program & Faculty Evaluation

The Ophthalmology Teacher’s Library Blog recommends the Annals of Eye Science article, “Program and Faculty Evaluation,” by Andreas K. Lauer.


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December 1, 2017 HelpMeSee and ISMSICS Sign Multi-year Agreement to Promote Cataract Surgery

Chennai, India, Dec 1, 2017 - HelpMeSee has signed a 5-year sponsorship with The International Society of Manual Small Incision Cataract Surgeons (ISMSICS) to become a global sponsor of the Comprehensive Cataract Conferences (CCC) to promote safe cataract surgeries for eliminating the backlog of untreated cataract blindness worldwide. Organized by ISMSICS, CCC 2017 is currently underway in Chennai, India through December 3rd 2017, with HelpMeSee announced as the global sponsor and active participant in numerous events during the 3-day conference.

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November 27, 2017 WOC2018 Abstract and Registration Deadlines Fast Approaching

Would you like to present an abstract at the 16–19 June 2018 World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC2018) in Barcelona, Spain? Are you interested in taking advantage of reduced registration rates? Now is your opportunity to do both before time runs out! 

  • Abstract Submission Deadline: 1 December 2017

The Submitted Program consists of Free Papers, E-Posters, E-Videos, Instruction Courses, and Poster Pods in 20 subspecialty areas. Abstract submissions are accepted in both English and Spanish.

Submit an Abstract Today. The Abstract Submission Tutorial provides an easy to follow guide, should you need assistance. 

  • Early-Bird Registration Deadline: 13 December 2017

Save up to €90 per person by taking advantage of early-bird rates and registering today for WOC2018. Register Now.


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November 27, 2017 WOC2018 By the Numbers

As we look towards the upcoming year, here are some exciting numbers to consider about the 16–19 June 2018 World Ophthalmology Congress® in Barcelona, Spain, which is now just months away: 

The Invited Program consists of 225 sessions addressing all subspecialties and related interests in ophthalmology: 

  • 119 sessions covering 25 subject areas organized by invited subspecialty program coordinators 
  • 68 sessions organized by 45 subspecialty, 39 national, 5 regional, and 4 supranational societies 
  • 28 sessions for Subspecialty Day (Saturday, 16 June) covering 7 subspecialties: cataract, cornea, glaucoma, orbital and oculoplastic surgery, pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus, refractive surgery, and retina 
  • 10 ICO Special Symposia covering a wide array of topics.

View the Invited Program to see schedule-at-a-glance, session speakers, speaker list by country, participating societies, chairpersons, scientific program committee members, and invited program coordinators.


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November 27, 2017 Leadership Challenges Explored at ICO WORLD Meeting

Enhancing communication skills to better meet your goals was the focus of two presentations and robust discussion at the ICO World Ophthalmology Roundtable on Leadership Development (WORLD), at the American Academy of Ophthalmology meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana on 11 November.

More than 80 guests considered this year’s WORLD theme: “Confronting Leadership Challenges One Conversation at a Time.” Led by Jon Rivas, Master Facilitator with Fierce Conversations, Inc. and Dr. Liana Ventura, President, Fundação Altino Ventura, Brazil, the audience explored how to have “difficult” conversations that effectively strengthen work and personal relationships. Attendees shared their perspectives during the intriguing discussion––further cementing WORLD’s reputation as a thought-provoking, educational event.


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November 27, 2017 New ICO-OSCARs for Vitrectomy and Trabeculectomy

The ICO’s Ophthalmology Surgical Competency Assessment Rubric (ICO-OSCAR) for teaching and assessing resident surgical skill provides instruction as to what is expected at each step of a surgical procedure and a method to provide specific formative feedback to the student.

Eight ICO-OSCARs are available in a multitude of translations, and the newest additions are the ICO-OSCAR for Vitrectomy, published in the September 2017 issue of Retina, and the ICO-OSCAR for Trabeculectomy, published in the September 2017 issue of the Journal of Glaucoma.

The ICO-OSCARs are recommended in the College of Ophthalmology of Eastern Central and Southern Africa (COESA) Residency Curriculum and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Milestones Document. See all ICO-OSCARs and related translations.


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November 27, 2017 ICO Member IUSG Course for Uveitis in Addis Ababa

The International Uveitis Study Group (IUSG) and the ICO are sponsoring the 1st Uveitis Course in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 17–23 February 2018.

Similar to the IUSG’s uveitis course in Venice, Italy, the Ethiopian course covers the whole field of uveitis. The interactive program allows in-depth discussion on management of uveitis issues, and attendees will learn how to evaluate patients, develop a differential diagnosis, interpret imaging results, and optimize a treatment strategy.

Taught by an international faculty of highly experienced uveitis specialists and limited to 80 attendees, the one-week course will be at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), approximately 15 minutes from the airport.

Download a flyer for course details, registration fees, and accommodation information.


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Uveitis and Ocular Immunology

November 27, 2017 Call for Papers: WHO World Report on Vision

Focusing on “what works,” the Bulletin of the World Health Organization (WHO) is calling for papers for a theme issue on vision that will also supplement a forthcoming World Report on Vision.

WHO welcomes papers for the special issue that: 

  • Provide evidence across all health strategies (eg, promotion, prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation) 
  • Focus on best practices, innovation, and the use of technology 
  • Identify gaps and provide solutions to ensure equitable access 
  • Integrate examples from low- and middle-income countries and different age groups 
  • Address health system issues, rather than focusing solely on one specific disease or condition.

The deadline for submission is 15 March 2018. More information and FAQs


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November 27, 2017 Impact Loan Offers Innovative Approach to Preventing Blindness

To support upwards of 18,000 cataract surgeries over the next five years, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) has committed US$2 million to the Magrabi ICO Cameroon Eye Institute (MICEI) in Yaoundé, Cameroon.

The Cameroon Development Impact Loan is results-based, with investors providing upfront financing and donor organizations repaying investors their principal plus a return based on realized performance in delivering outcomes.

MICEI–– the only regional subspecialty-training center in Francophone Africa––provides comprehensive, high-quality, and affordable eye care in an underserved region. Organizations contributing to the success of this endeavor are the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, The Fred Hollows Foundation, Sightsavers, the Africa Eye Foundation, and D. Capital Partners.


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November 27, 2017 ICO Subspecialty Examinations

In conjunction with publication of the ICO Subspecialty Curricula, the ICO is evaluating offering related subspecialty examinations. The ICO conducted its first ICO Subspecialty Examination in Cornea and External Disease in 2016. The trial exam was co-hosted by the All India Ophthalmological Society (AIOS) and held online in centers across India.

In September 2017, the ICO launched Subspecialty Examinations in five other curricula-related subjects in addition to cornea: Glaucoma, Medical Retina, Neuro-Ophthalmology, Pediatric Ophthalmology and Ocular Motility, and Uveitis. In addition to the online examinations hosted by the AIOS, a paper-based examination in Neuro-Ophthalmology was given in Cairo, Egypt. In 2018, a new ICO Subspecialty Examination in Oculoplastics will be introduced and additional countries will serve as hosts.

Learn more about the ICO Examinations.


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November 27, 2017 ICO Member Societies Make Vision Count for World Sight Day

ICO Member societies actively engaged in World Sight Day 2017, successfully advancing awareness about eye health. The Ophthalmological Society of Taiwan (TOS), for example, hosted events that garnered significant media coverage and tens of thousands of online interactions.

Collaborating with nongovernmental organizations, Alcon Taiwan, and the government, the TOS kicked off their “More to See” Cataract Awareness Campaign with an eye care press conference in August. The TOS then held a Facebook photo contest, “Love From Your Eyes,” which creatively linked eye health to making emotional connections through eye contact. The contest attracted 500 participants and 27,000 “likes” on social media.

“World Sight Day in Taiwan,” a second press conference in October, focused on the large percentage of Taiwanese who overuse 3C products (ie, computer, communication, and consumer electronics), and their negative impact on both eye health and social interactions.

Thank you ICO Member societies for working to ensure that World Sight Day is a successful advocacy and communications event.


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November 21, 2017 World Ophthalmic Education Colloquium at WOC2018

Join us at the World Ophthalmology Congress 2018 (WOC2018) in Barcelona for the World Ophthalmic Education Colloquium (WOEC) series of symposia and courses that spotlight a variety of educational techniques. The WOEC sessions are designed for a diverse audience, from trained educators to practicing ophthalmologists interested in education.

Eight WOEC symposia and courses will be held during WOC2018 16–19 June 2018.

  • Innovative Formats for Teaching in Graduate Medical Education and CPD
  • Teaching and Assessing Surgical Competence
  • Less is More: Focused Workplace Based Assessments in Busy Disciplines
  • Beyond The Lecture: Using Concept Maps to Promote Learning of Medical Knowledge
  • Complex Cases of Problem Residents: Discussing Prevention and Remediation
  • Simulation for Teaching and Learning
  • Ophthalmic Education Based on Evidence: Today's Facts and Future Perspectives of Application (Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis)
  • Harmonizing Ophthalmology Training in Europe (European Board of Ophthalmology)

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November 21, 2017 Current Opinions and Modern Approaches in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Dry Eye Disease
This recently released monograph is a continuing medical education activity from New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai and MedEdicus LLC and provides a comprehensive and updated overview on the best strategies for diagnosing and managing dry eye.
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